Iowa’s GOP leaders stand by Trump as he repeats false claims

DES MOINES (Iowa) -- Republican Senator Charles Grassley, and Gov. Kim Reynolds welcomed Donald Trump's return home to Iowa, supporting him as he made false claims about voter fraud and an illegal election to thousands of people.

Iowa’s GOP leaders stand by Trump as he repeats false claims

DES MOINES (Iowa) -- Republican Senator Charles Grassley, and Gov. Kim Reynolds welcomed Donald Trump's return home to Iowa, supporting him as he made false claims about voter fraud and an illegal election to thousands of people.

As Trump was introduced, the state's senior senator praised Trump, noting that there was "a great audience honoring a great President of the United States."

Neither Grassley or Reynolds mentioned Trump's post-presidency. During which he continued to lie about the results, and urged Republicans to conduct "audits” of the vote counts. In her short remarks, Reynolds, who is also running for reelection next Year, was full of praises for Trump.

Trump spent nearly 30 minutes at the rally, his first in Iowa since 2020, falsely claiming that he had won Arizona and Georgia.

Trump won! Trump won! Trump won!" The crowd chanted, "Trump won!" across the sprawling Iowa state fairgrounds.

"He did. He did. Trump thanked him.

Representatives of Grassley, Reynolds and others did not respond to our requests for comment this week on whether or not they agreed with Trump’s Wednesday statement that the "real Insurrection” was the election and not the storming at the Capitol by Trump supporters who wanted to stop Joe Biden's certification.

Grassley voted to certify that the vote was valid. He has not spoken out about Trump's ongoing claims of a stolen election. He answered when he was asked in July. "On December 12, after the electoral votes had been cast, Biden was elected president of the United States."

Trump endorsed Grassley on Saturday night and promised to support Reynolds separately in the months to come.

When asked by a reporter in January if she and other Republican leaders should reject false claims of election fraud faster, the governor replied that people must stop pointing fingers at each other and move on.

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